Cave B Estate Winery 2013 Barbera, Columbia Valley, $35

By on August 4, 2016

cave-b-barberaCave B has a long and fascinating history in the Washington wine industry, one that stretches far earlier than its current iteration. Back in the early 1980s, the winery started as Champs de Brionne in the town of George, Wash. To help sell wine, the owners created a concert venue. It didn’t take too many years until the Gorge Amphitheater became more popular than the wines, so the owners sold the amphitheater and shuttered the winery. But they kept their vines, and a few years later, they launched Cave B, which today is next to the concert venue and has estate vines that are more than 30 years old. Winemaker Freddy Arredondo sourced estate grapes grapes for this Barbera. It opens with aromas and juicy flavors of cherries and blackberries that stretch seamlessly from the front to the back of the palate, then closes with mouth watering acidity and smooth tannins. It earned a gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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